In October, we will finish our study from the book of Genesis focusing on the life of Joseph. Though Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, God worked through Joseph’s slavery to raise him to a position of prominence in Egypt. Because Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, Pharaoh raised Joseph to the second highest office in Egypt. Because Joseph oversaw the distribution of food during a seven-year famine, Joseph ended up saving his family from starvation.
After their father died, Joseph’s brothers feared that he would retaliate against them for having sold him into slavery. In a statement reflecting Joseph’s confidence in God’s sovereignty, Joseph said:
“Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them (Gen. 50:19–21).
As you consider Joseph, would you think about the evil that people have committed against you? Rather than being embittered and vengeful, ask God for the faith to believe that He can and will use that evil for good.
Cortney Girmus and her family have been attending North Pointe Community Church since November of last year, but her time associated with the church spans years longer. A mother to four children ranging in ages of seven years to 11 months, Cortney first got involved with Mom2Mom (formerly MOPS) when her oldest was one, after a friend invited her to attend.
Since joining the group, Cortney has grown in her involvement. First, she became a table leader and now her role as a “childcare leader on the steering team” entails “finding and organizing Christ-centered people to watch all the children” during meetings.
A Typical Meeting
During Mom2Mom meetings, moms from all walks come together to encourage each other. As Cortney mentions, the group is “a wonderful break from your day-to-day with your children. They are where they need to be for two hours” and the moms are where they need to be, connecting with others through community in a safe place.
The current Mom2Mom leader is Marge Rudd-Hillhouse, who also leads the women’s ministry on Tuesday nights at North Pointe. For Cortney, Marge teaches her “what a Christ-centered woman looks and acts like” and inspires her to attend church more faithfully.
In addition to the safe community moms find at North Pointe’s Mom2Mom ministry, Cortney highlights that the meetings always have hot breakfasts, kid free, with no interruptions.
How to Get Involved
The ministry takes the summer off but the upcoming year just started at the beginning of September. The group meets every other Thursday until May 20 from 9:15– 11:15 a.m. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the group this year, you can easily sign up by filling out the registration online found here. And if you’re interested in helping serve by watching children, you can contact Cortney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you have been a mom for years or are just starting out, Mom2Mom is a great place to connect with others in a similar walk of life while pursuing Christ.
To hear more of Cortney’s story, check out this video.
Imagine sitting down to dinner with a group of familiar faces that you don’t know very well. Perhaps you’re good friends with a few of them. Maybe some of them you don’t know at all. But by the end of that dinner, you’re laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Maybe you’ll see them at church on the following Sunday and have a new familiar face to say hi to.
Recently at North Pointe, we’ve kicked off our newest round of Dinner Groups. What are Dinner Groups, you ask? Well, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. Groups of people get together three times over the course of three months and eat dinner together. Each Dinner Group has a host that reaches out and schedules with everyone and then each person in the group will bring something to contribute to the dinner, like a potluck.
Obviously, food is a great reason to get together. Who doesn’t love to eat, right? But food is only part of the reason that we all participate in these groups. The main reason that we get together is to have the chance to get to know people at North Pointe. These groups give you the chance to get to know people that maybe you wouldn’t otherwise get to know. Over the three dinners, the hope is that you’ll grow connections and relationships with the other people in your group. Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend. Or maybe you’ll get to know that person that you see across the sanctuary that you’ve smiled at, but never met.
Some groups have already met for their first of the three dinners, while some are waiting to meet up until October. But either way, these groups are sure to be a success.
My Own Dinner Group
In the current round of dinner groups my husband and I were placed into a group with two people that I know pretty well. There’s a couple of people I’ve met before, but I don’t know much about them. And the last two? I’ve seen them around church once or twice, but I don’t even know their names! I’m so excited for our first dinner coming up so I can get to know all of these people on another level.
If you’ve heard about these groups in the past but haven’t been sure if it’s the right fit for you, I really want to encourage you to take that step, or at least talk to someone else that has taken part in these groups. The connections you make can be life changing. Or at the very least make your Sunday mornings a little friendlier.
Coming up in January . . . the next North Pointe Mission Trip! On January 6–12, the church will be taking a team to Montrouis, Haiti to partner with local missionaries, Dave and Stacey Winter. The Winters work with individuals, churches, and community organizations in an effort to connect people in need with resources and skills which will improve their quality of life both physically and spiritually.
Toddlers/Preschool: We all want to be strong and courageous. We all want to say we would be brave when faced with fear. But how? What can help us be brave? This month we plan on giving preschoolers the answers to all of these questions. As the kids hear the stories of Daniel, Gideon, Miriam, and Hezekiah, they’ll learn that they can be brave because God is with them, whether they’re walking into the dentist office, talking to a new friend, or any other situation.
K–5th Grade: This October, our K–5th graders will be learning about courage. They’ll discover that there may be times in their lives when God asks them to take risks or do something they may not feel prepared to do. But God will also give them the courage they need to face that challenge, as they see in the example of Jesus on the cross.
Student Ministry Update
What We’re Teaching
The Have & Have-Nots: A 4-Week Series on Identity
How many times have you compared yourself with someone else today? Seriously, see if you can count. Whether it’s their stuff, their looks, their skills, or their popularity, we can’t help but notice all the things other people have and how those things compare to all the things we wish we had. But in this four-week series, we’re going to focus on four things that God has given to every single one of us. You have a past, you have today, you have a future, and you have a family. All four of these things make you valuable and uniquely you.
October 9: FCA Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith is a student-led event. Students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. North Star High School track provides a neutral, rally point where a community can come together to worship Christ. We have several members of our Student Ministry involved and want to show our support, so we will be attending from 6:30–7:30 p.m.
October 12: Parent & Small Group Leader Breakfast
This month, we're creating an opportunity for you to connect with your student’s small group leader so you can better love, lead, and influence your teenager together and hear about what is on the calendar for our coming year! We will gather 9:30–11 a.m. in the café.
There will not be childcare available. So even if you can come for a brief time we’d love to see you and have a bit of time to know you and your family better as we seek to partner with you in this journey. Don’t miss it!
October 30: Halloween Carnival
We would love you, your family, maybe even some of their friends to use those crazy minds to make this an awesome event for our community. If you are able to help inspire your student, this will be a night well spent serving our community! We will not be having youth group but instead are encouraging our students to engage. To sign up to run a carnival game, go to www.northpointelincoln.org/events.
November 1–3: Fall Retreat
We are kicking off next month by getting students together for our Fall Retreat. We will be at Timberlake Ranch Camp, and it costs $100. Sign-up is live, so don’t forget to get registered by October 16to get a free tee! Sign up and additional details at www.northpointelincoln.org/events.
To get the monthly parent email for the Student Ministry, sign up here.
Coming Up in October
5—Family Game Night, 5:30–9 p.m.
6—College Lunch immediately after 2nd service in the Café
9—Ladies Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Hy-Vee Market Grill (27th St.)
12—Youth Ministry Parent Breakfast, 9:30–11 a.m.
20, 27—Explorer Class, 10:15 a.m.
30—Halloween Carnival, 6–8 p.m.